2nd consecutive breaking news for Notes/Domino

Last year in October we were surprised about the big announcement that IBM made about their partnership with HCL. At that moment a lot of questions arised immediately about the future of the platform, the responsibilities of HCL and so on.

Development of the products Notes, Domino, Traveler and Sametime were the responsibility of HCL, bringing the message to the market and working close together with HCL about the roadmap of the products, was IBM’s job.

In Q1 2018 I attended IBM Think and I was thrilled about the great interest of the attendees in the Collaboration sessions. All sessions about DominoV10 were packed and HCL came out with a revolutionary product, Notes on an iPad !

HCL started talking about new features coming up in Domino V10, beta versions were released and about a year after the partnership announcement, we had a global launch event of the final Domino V10 version !

#domino2025 became #dominoforever with a clear message to the world: “Domino is far from dead, start to fear the beast !”

Recently HCL and IBM announced that HCL is acquiring a select set of IBM Software products. The products involved in the deal are

  • Appscan for secure application development,
  • BigFix for secure device management,
  • Unica (on-premise) for marketing automation,
  • Commerce (on-premise) for omni-channel eCommerce,
  • Portal (on-premise) for digital experience,
  • Notes & Domino for email and low-code rapid application development, and
  • Connections for workstream collaboration.

This deal means a lot for the future of the products where I see a lot of positive energy and drive within HCL to evolve the products to something every customers wants to have.

I know some of the customers have migrated to another platform, mainly for mail. A lot of them still have applications running. Applications who make their business run, applications that can be brought to a next level, integrated in their platform where they moved to. That way, their new and existing investment is well spent !

Customers that haven’t touched Notes/Domino yet, will be surprised about the power of the product and the many possibilities it has to offer to solve business problems they have currently.

In a recent article, written by David Gewirtz, he mentioned this

Notes was Salesforce before Salesforce. It was Dropbox before Dropbox. It was SharePoint before SharePoint. It was Atlassian before Atlassian. It was Zendesk before Zendesk. It was ServiceNow before ServiceNow. It was Workday before Workday. In some implementations, it was even Github before Github.”

With that conclusion, I open up the floor for this new journey !

Get all the latest news about the progress on http://www.ibm.com/destinationdomino

Have a good day !


Domino V10 launch is approaching



The countdown has started !

If you were not already aware that there is a new version of Domino V10 coming, then the moment has come to get up to speed.

You can use the DestinationDomino landing page as your source of information, or better, come over to the Domino V10 Launch event in Brussels on, what did you tought, the 10th of the 10th month 🙂

Subscribe here to be part of this launch event and speak to other enthousiast participants.

If you checked your schedule and you can’t make it ? No worries, you can be part of the official launch on the 9th of october via the Facebook Live Event.

Hope to see you there !


ICON UK 2018

Hello all,

earlier in september there was this nice, get-together, conference going on in Birmingham. The team of Icon UK did a great job organizing this 2-day event ! A big thank you goes out to them !

At day 1, the floor was opened by IBM with lots of updated information about #domino2025 and the slowly closer coming release of Domino V10. You could see in the audience that everybody is excited about this new version and the fact there is again a lot of fuzz around Domino.

I had a session about setting up a hybrid configuration between your on-prem set up and the IBM Cloud.

The organisation had a very nice idea to create badges to reward people who were present as speaker/sponsor which resulted in those 2 badges


You can find both the presentations on slideshare

IBM Think 2018 – New oxygen for Notes/Domino

Last week I’ve spent a whole week in one of the US cities that never sleeps, Las Vegas. Monday was the most crowdy day, every corridor was packed with attendees. People had to wait in line to have a seat in a session room or in a lab….it seemed to be that the Mandalay Bay could not handle THAT number of attendees.

After monday, when the Expo center was open, people could spread themselves to more open spaces which resulted in a more relax atmosphere.

Back to content now…. it was years ago that I felt such a good vibe, so much positive energy and saw tons of interesting new stuff in an upcoming Notes and Domino release.We are ready to show the world that Notes/Domino is not dead and that there is new oxygen in the products.

In Q4 of 2018, V10 will be released but you will be able to play with it when the beta release comes out within a few months. Interested to know more about the progress of the development or when something important is announced, subscribe then for the newsletter at the following URL: http://www.ibm.com/destinationdomino

So what is there coming in the new release where you can be so excited about ? Here you have an overview of interesting stuff:

You will be able to send fully formatted and intact notes messages as EML attachments.

I here you saying there “what so special about that ?” Well you can group all messages in one single mail and forward those to somebody else. The EML attachment can contain the original mail plus the attachments.

eml2 Next there are some mail policy improvements that can warn a user if they attach too large or too many attachments. This way the user can react before the mail is send out.


They included an extra view in the mailtemplate, the Group By Sender View. This view has all functionality of the inbox view and groups all the mail by sender in one view, even those that are stored in one of your folders.


As calendar improvements, they announced the team calendar. This new team calendar has nothing to do with the Group Calendar that we all know. The team calendar is a standalone database that can include a team inbox and every member can create, edit invites. To have a clear overview with you own calendar, you can configure this team calendar as an overlay over your own calendar.

teamcalAnother great announced feature is the possibility to invite extra people to a meeting where you are invited to, even when it is a repeated meeting.

How cool is that ?

invite2invite I don’t know any other product that can offer this feature !

In the future the footprint of the Notes client will be stripped by removing some features that are not heavily used like the feed reader, the opensocial component and the embedded experience.

They announced a new update process for the client , based on the already successful upgrade process for the cloud-based clients.

The biggest announcement they did was the Domino Top-Secret product, named DominoAppsOnIpad !!

This product is the ICAA client running with his full possibilities on an iPad. This means that you can take your existing Domino Applications with you on the iPad without any development changes. Everything just works, even replication so that you can work offline !

This is the landing page

landingI opened the Domino Directory

domdir and even created a document with my name in another application


This product allows to take your apps without any extra cost on a mobile device with all embedded features like doclinks, @formula, lotusscript, dblookups, rich text, table creation……AND replication !

In near future they will allow the possibility to access GPS, camera, files integration,…..

If you want to subscribe to this beta program, go to http://bit.ly/DominoAppsOnIPad to be able to participate in the program.

As stated in the beginning of this article, I feel energized and felt a positive and good vibe around all those interesting announcements for the upcoming V10. We, the ICS community and its ICS Champions are convinced and showed a lot of interest and appreciation to both IBM & HCL for the efforts and the deliverables in this short amount of time. Now it is time to come out of the closet with all those positive messages and show the rest of the world what an amazing products IBM has to offer in the Collaboration world !

More to come in the following weeks, months so stay tuned !

The Collaboration train is going


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At the end of october 2017, there was this big announcement “IBM Announces Investment in Notes Domino Version 10 and Beyond”

In the announcement they spoke about the partnership between IBM and HCL and the way the two companies will drive a new wave in the products during 2018 and beyond. They announced the upcoming Domino2025 jam session around the globe and the goal of those jam sessions.

In december I attended the Jam session in Belgium. There was a lot of interest and a lot of great ideas ! We worked in different groups and information has been assembled and brought back to IBM/HCL.


Later on in january 2018 they announced the #Domino2025 online 2-day forum During this online event you could participate in an ideation blog staffed by IBM product management, IBM technical sellers and HCL development teams. You could create your idea and vote on other ideas to visualize the interes in certain features and goals expected from the Community.

This week, the 28th of February, there was the online Domino V10 webinar where they wanted to spread the word about what is coming up based on all the feedback and input they received during the jam sessions and the online forum. In case you missed it, a replay of it can be viewed here

A lot of feedback has been gathered and reviewed and they came to the following conclusions:

  • we would like to see the use of modern development tools and frameworks
    • they announced the use of open standards like NodeJS
  • we would like a slimmer, faster and better looking Notes client
    • they announced a an auto-update system so that you don’t have to bother about those updates.
  • provide a better Microsoft integration for mail and productivity apps
    • there is more to come about this integration but they announced already the use of EWS (Exchange Web Services). This way Outlook will contact Domino and think it’s an Exchange server 🙂

the V10 versions are announced for Q4 2018 but participation in the beta programs will be announced way upfront so that you can taste the (r)evolution in the products. There is a lot to come and stay tuned to see what will be happening in 2018. If you are a customer, looking for a robust collaboration platform, look certainly to the ICS (IBM Collaboration Services) portfolio before you take a decision.

There is a lot to do about TCO and more in the space of reuse stuff you have already and get it integrated. A few examples are mentionned in the below slide like the better integration with Active Directory and the updated support of ADFS4.0 but also the support of Docker to ease the procedures of upgrading your Domino Servers.


In march I attend IBM Think 2018 and more news will be spread over there. For those who can’t attend, a lot of the news will be spread on the #Domino2025 blog and there are also the well known user group events like Engage, SNoUG where you can attend and hear and see about the evolution in the products.

Step together with us on this train and feel the vibe and the positive energy that is encapsulating the ICS Community where you need/can be part of.

Stay tuned for more to come in the next weeks, months, years !


Domino is not dead ! More than ever in business !


Hello all,

today I had the honor to participate in an IBM Champions call about new and exciting news around the IBM Collaboration products.

IBM announced their strategic partnership with the company HCL. Together they will join forces and put the oxygen again in the robust Domino server.

IBM announced there “Project Sapphire” – Notes, Domino and Verse V10 together with Sametime in 2018.

As the cherry on the cake, they also announced that they will deliver Domino 9 FP10 by the end of the year 2017, together with Verse on Premises 1.0.3.

The most exciting thing around the “Project Sapphire” is the announcement of the #Domino2025 jams that they will organise. The goal is to discuss together with customers, partners, Champions about the future enhancements of the products. Like Jason Gary states about Connections Pink, is equal for “Project Sapphire”, they don’t want to develop a product for us, but together with us !

Do you want to join us in those jams ? Get registered here: https://www.ibm.com/social-business/us-en/announce/domino-jam2025/

Which products will be covered in this partnership with HCL ?

  • IBM Notes and Domino
  • IBM SmartCloud Notes
  • IBM Notes Traveler
  • IBM Mobile Connect
  • IBM Verse
  • IBM Mail Support for Microsoft Outlook (IMSMO)
  • IBM Enterprise Integrator (LEI)
  • IBM Sametime portfolio
  • IBM Connections Chat/Meetings
  • IBM Client Access (ICAA)


During the call they were already announcements about clear commitments of their side:

  • Domino will support the native Apple Mail client to connect to the mailfile
  • The IBM Think conference in march 2018 will have a large presence for Notes/Domino
  • Marketing is something that will get a lot of attention

Personally I think that this is exciting news to reintroduce the force of the multi-purpose server that Domino is with build in security, internet services and ability to connect to different data sources !



Really Microsoft, are U kidding me ?

Recently I received this link to a guide on when to use which Office 365 product. When you read it through and you heard already about the questions and frustrations raised by several end users about the product, you think by yourself “Are U kidding me ?”

For those who are not already aware about the above mentionned frustrations, these are a few highlights about those frustrations:


I hear a lot of people say that Sharepoint is a good place to hide documents because you never find them back when you need them.

Ever heard about IBM Connections Social Cloud ? Well, at IBM they understand that social collaboration needs to be people-centric and not document-centric. That it needs to be user-driven and thus easy to adopt because it is all about the customer experience.


When users need help of their IT department to get a Sharepoint Site up and running, they will have it when it isn’t needed anymore. This way, business users start looking around for other solutions…..and shadow IT is born.

One of the big differences between Microsoft and IBM is the way how documents are stored in the Collaborative Platform. In a Microsoft world, you have different silo’s where you can store documents


where in an IBM world, the different components of the platform are nicely connected with one another and are based on only one document store.


This is only one of the top differentiators between the two platforms, come back later on to discover more of them.

Social Connections session about SSO


thursdayt I had my session about SSO between your on-premise environment and IBM Connections Cloud.
I talked about SAML, ADFS and the different possibilities that are available to configure SSO in IBM Connections Cloud.
If you were in my session or not and want to review the slides, go and check out this URL where you can find my slides


Go and check out the rest of the slides that will be published on the site when they are available


I enjoyed the conference a lot and it was again nice to meet up with some new people and have interesting discussions.

During closing session, the team announced that Social Connections 11 will be held in Europe. Prepare already an interesting abstract to submit and keep an eye on the upcoming announcement about the dates.

IBM too expensive for your wallet ? Are you kidding me ?


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In my role as storyteller and enthousiast about #NewWayToWork, I present at different locations and talk about the differences between social media and social business. During my presentations, I also spend time talking about how social media influences our way of working and engaging and how this change affects our way of working at the office.

During my presentations I like the interaction with the audience and throw from time to time a question in the room to get some feedback. One of my questions before talking about IBM Connections is the following:

“What comes up in your mind when I say: IBM ?”

In most of the cases, I get the same responses back. Responses which I like to share with you so that we can demistify some myths.

Here’s the list:

  • Mainframe, hardware
  • Too expensive for our budgets
  • Only for big companies, we are just small businesses

Most of them don’t know that IBM has affordable software to transform and help your business to become a social business.

Most of them don’t know that IBM’s software is a real integrated and open platform, not like other vendors pretend to be. With the help of the intuitive interface, users adopt easily the way of working and they don’t have to care about where to store their data they want to share since there is only one place to put data from where your start sharing. This is not like in other products where you don’t know in which silo you need to put your data.

Just check out the video and afterwards visit this site to convince yourself about price and possibilities.